Running Backs?  What Running Backs?

by Eddie Mayrose

Waggie and his partner, son Timothy, survived another week in the McGee Survivor League, actually turning in the highest total for the week, despite the gaping hole in their backfield that has been a problem all season.  Even their mainstay, Ahmad Bradshaw of the Giants, has been a problem. Even though he’s been piling up yardage, Brandon Jacobs gets all of the touches inside the 10 yard line.  Things are looking up, however, as the Professor and son woke up early on Tuesday and managed to beat the sleepy heads in their league to Chris Ivory of the Saints.  Fresh off a 150 yard game and likely to get most of the work with Pierre Thomas out, he’s a great acquisition for a team facing the joint bye weeks of Andre and Calvin Johnson.  It’ll be touch and go this weekend for Home Alone 2 but, if they survive, things are looking up the rest of the way.

Fantasy Football Studs

Love Philip Rivers this week in his matchup with the Patriots.  For that matter, Tom Brady deserves a stud ranking also as this game should be a shootout.  Rivers should feast on the Pats’ soft pass defense while Brady seems much more comfortable with Deion Branch than he did with Randy Moss.

Fantasy Football Stiffs

Bench Brett Favre as the Vikings head into Green Bay on Monday.  He’ll try to do too much against his old team and will likely throw a few picks. In Miami, Ronnie Brown has failed to fire for most of the season and will find it even tougher sledding against the Steel Curtain.

Fantasy Football Sleepers

Raiders Tight End, Zach Miller should enjoy a big day in Denver, especially with Oakland’s limited options elsewhere. Seahawks’ WR Mike Williams looks to string two solid weeks together as the Cards and Seahawks, battle for NFC West supremacy in Seattle.

Fantasy Football Slippers

Chad Henne is in for as difficult a day as Ronnie Brown against Pittsburgh as the Miami offense will struggle against Pittsburgh.  As long as the Bears’ O-Line continues on its mission to get QB Jay Cutler killed, each of the Bears’ receivers is a liability.

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